If we listen, God guides us past life’s pileups and complications.
Posted in , May 22, 2017
I had a doctor’s appointment this morning, and since I got out just around lunchtime, I zipped across town to meet my husband for lunch. He’s been my favorite lunch date for the past 43 years! We had a nice meal and sat there and talked for a while, and then we headed out for our afternoon tasks.
Paul left the parking lot a few minutes before I did. About 10 minutes later, he called. “Honey, weren’t you headed out near the mall?” I replied that I was and he said, “Well, I’m ahead of you a ways and there’s a bad wreck up here. It’s just happened recently and traffic is starting to back up, so you should probably get off at the ramp that’s before the mall exit so you won’t get stuck there.”
I appreciated the heads-up, but then it was as if God whispered to my heart, “That’s what I do for you. I go before you in every situation. I know what lies ahead, and if you’ll listen to Me, I’ll tell you what to do or what to avoid.” Here are some of His heads-up promises for us:
In Deuteronomy 31:8, He says, “The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” He promises to be with us so we don’t need to be afraid.
Exodus 13:21 states, “The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.” He traveled with the children of Israel, giving them direction and shade in the day and light at night. He will do the same for us and will direct us in every circumstance.
In Isaiah 45:2, He promises, “I will go before you and make the rough places smooth.” How precious to know that God can take those rough places in our lives and smooth them out for us.
Deuteronomy 1:30 says, “The LORD your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf.” What a comfort to know that we don’t have to fight our battles alone. God will fight for us.
I’m so grateful for a God who goes before us. How about you?